University of Southern California Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • An effort is made by the administration to foster a real work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits, work on a college campus is awesome (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • There is cumbersome bureaucracy and red tape that you would not expect at a private institution (in 7 reviews)

  • Reviews on this site from mostly student workers that are happy to have any job (in 7 reviews)

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  1. USC is a fine campus and a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Grad School Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Grad School Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    prestige, football, great weather, lots of stuff to do around l.a.; lots of great people to connect with and meet; beautiful campus; the facilities are stellar and the faculty is excellent. all of their programs are ranked top in the country, and there are many job opportunities on campus. lots of recruiters come to campus and love to recruit from usc. the alumni network is extensive and very helpful. the teachers are top-notch and really want you to succeed in the classroom as well as in your career.

    Cons

    it's in los angeles; bad air quality, lots of crime all over the place, although not on campus too much;

    Advice to Management

    increase pay for good teaching assistants


  2. stimulating professional environment

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    Current Employee - Professor In Business in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Professor In Business in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    successful school that is getting better every year, great benefits for employees especially free tuition for children. Successful sports teams add to the pride and loyalty of the institution and there is a very strong local alumni Trojan network that is very helpful.

    Cons

    crowded city, bad commute, high real estate prices but love working at the university. Can't do much about the environment but the university is working closely with the immediate community to develop strong partnerships.

    Advice to Management

    continue to grow and expand services and benefits to employees, communicate the university's strategy to the community. University administration is viewed as being overly bureaucratic.


  3. USC is a fantastic place to work.

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    Current Employee - LAN Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - LAN Administrator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For starters, the benefits are great. Academia is a low pressure enviornment compared to the previous Consulting firm I worked at, where recognition was not based on a "job well done" rather, how many hours you billed clients. I am surrounded by educated and generally kind people.

    Cons

    There are some politics involved, this is probably the case at any workplace. Problems can be easily be avoided by not stepping on peoples toes!

    Advice to Management

    The management for my department is fanastic, I don't work directly with the CIO or Senior management. It's safe to assume they are doing a great job as well. I like how USC's ITS does not lock down all of its users, despite it being "less safe" it makes for a much better work enviornment and keeps moral up.


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  5. Great environment, great benefits - Fight On!

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    Current Employee - Systems Programmer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Programmer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, the day-to-day experience of working at USC is absolutely fantastic. The campus is beautiful, self-enclosed, not too big and not too small, and moments away from downtown LA and Hollywood. It has a sizable student body of 17,000 undergraduate and 17,000 graduate students. School spirit is high and the people (both students and staff) are open and easygoing. It is truly the quintessential college experience. There are lots of things to do on campus, and I personally have enjoyed some of the staff benefits such as using the USC libraries, track and workout facilities. I am also taking advantage of the tuition assistance program by getting a masters degree. The University retirement program is also very generous.

    Cons

    Although benefits are great, the actual salary of an average USC staff member is probably lower than the industry average. Also, with limited land space, many departments have been forced to move off-campus to buildings in industrial areas of downtown Los Angeles. And although school spirit may be high, co-operation between the different University departments is low. Politics play a large role in the social makeup of the University staff.

    Advice to Management

    Reward workers that have been present for a longer time by promoting them to new positions as opposed to hiring new people off of the street to fill positions. Try to achieve new synergies between departments, and let your own department know that it is not a competition.


  6. USC great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Trojan Family, everyone takes care of each other, great benefits, recognize hard work

    Cons

    Expensive Parking, hard to change jobs between different schools in the university

    Advice to Management

    Annenberg needs a new dean. His vision is sketchy and lacks coherent goals


  7. great place to study and work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Recommends
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    Recommends
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    Pros

    great work-study program, opportunities to transfer departments easily, great professional contacts, beautiful location, many different job opportunities for various fields

    Cons

    the compensation isn't the best out there for hourly jobs, but understandably so -- with so many students on campus looking for part-time work, it's certainly an employer's market

    Advice to Management

    USC is one of the finest academic institutions in the world; continue to make your employees reflect your high standards


  8. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent support for young professors in a leading academic institution. Pressure is high to perform, however, being part of such a successful institution is worth it.

    Cons

    Health sciences campus does not feel like a campus, more like an industrial park in a not-so-great par of town.

    Advice to Management

    Make the health science campus feel more like a part of USC. Make expectations of faculty clear and attainable. Keep up the great work.


  9. student worker n usc

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very stable job. and accomodations with student requirments

    Cons

    very few jobs are available for stdents in thier domain. the teachers hardly give and Graduate assintantship... l l l

    Advice to Management

    increase number of jobs for student sin domain of programming. the student oftenwork in the field other thn thier domain;.


  10. Trojan Family Pride

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to continue your connection to USC if you're an alum. Pride in the school is evident whether you are a student, staff member, faculty or member of the leadership team. Plenty of opportunities to continue your education. Excellent education reimbursement benefits.

    Cons

    Things move slowly if you are used to the corporate sector in decision making. The neighborhood.... but it is getting better as a result of the University's involvement in community building initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Keep workiing on adding a diverse workforce... they are showing improvements in that area.


  11. Orientation Programs

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    Current Employee - Orientation Programs Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Orientation Programs Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is great working with new students in a very dynamic office enviroment. The staff is great and the university is very supportive

    Cons

    As a recent graduate I did not receive any benefits, but that was expected and communicated to me. I think sometimes it can be frustrating how they choose to promote and can seem overly political.

    Advice to Management

    Hire based off of skills. Be careful of coming off as a buddy buddy system where you only hire people that complete your PASA program.



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